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"I'm the Big Elf": President Obama Helps the First Lady Deliver Toys for Tots

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:45

President Obama: "Ho, ho, ho!"
First Lady Michelle Obama: "That's a pretty serious, ho, ho, ho."
Sorting toys can be a serious business, and that's why First Lady Michelle Obama brought along a special helper to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. today. "I'm the big elf," the President declared. "I'm like Will Ferrell." 
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President Obama Is the First President to Write a Line of Code

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:03

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On Monday afternoon, President Obama became the first president to write a line of code.
As part of the "Hour of Code" -- an online event to promote Computer Science Education Week -- the President and Vice President joined middle-school students from New Jersey for a computer coding exercise.

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What You Missed: Shakira and Secretary Arne Duncan Answer Your Questions on Early Education

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:02

Earlier today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Grammy award-winning artist Shakira took to Twitter to answer your questions about the early childhood education.
Shakira, who is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and a strong advocate for high-quality early education, joined Duncan in highlighting $1 billion in new public and private commitments that were announced as part of today’s White House Summit on Early Education.

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Excerpts from President Obama's BET Interview on Race Relations, and the Progress We Still Have to Make

Wed, 2014-12-10 12:31

President Barack Obama interviews with Jeff Johnson of BET in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

In light of the unrest across the country following the recent police-involved deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others, President Obama sat down with BET's Jeff Johnson to share his thoughts on race relations in America, and our next steps forward as a country.
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President Obama Answers Questions on Immigration in Nashville

Wed, 2014-12-10 12:06

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President Obama traveled to Casa Azafran in Nashville yesterday to speak with Tennesseans and answer a few questions about the recent steps he took to fix our broken immigration system. 
Nashville is a city brimming with the vitality that immigrants bring to a local economy and culture. As the President said, immigrants are woven into the very fabric of who we are: 

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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Skills Pillars in Ensuring U.S. Competitiveness

Wed, 2014-12-10 10:54

Guest blog post by Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA and Member of the Commerce Department's National Advisory Council on Innovation and EntrepreneurshipIt’s an honor to serve with such distinguished members of NACIE and to
have a voice in this national conversation about innovation and
entrepreneurship.  This is an especially
personal topic to me. Innovation and entrepreneurship are in my blood – and a
part of my heritage. I’m the son of international students from China who
sought – and largely achieved – the American dream in Delaware, where I grew up

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8 Steps to Becoming a Consultant at 50+

Wed, 2014-12-10 00:00

When we think of entrepreneurs, we often picture young, tech-savvy millennials. But the face of American entrepreneurship is actually quite different. A recent...

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When the Rubber Hits the Road: Teaming Up with NASCAR to Act on Climate

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:48

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, announce with NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney the Administration's partnership with NASCAR, tire manufactures and retailers to raise awareness of tire safety and actions to cut carbon pollution and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, in front of the West Wing of the White House, Dec. 9, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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BEA Operational Improvements Enable Agency to Publish More Regional Economic Statistics

Tue, 2014-12-09 16:42

Operational improvements at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
mean the public will soon get to see more regional economic data. These
improvements will safeguard businesses’ private information, while ensuring
vital regional data is available to policy makers and other data users. BEA is
constantly looking at ways to better provide the information that users need
while protecting the confidentiality of employers’ records.

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